|Published||London Printed for John Ryall at Hogarth's Head in Fleet Street, Robt. Sayer at the Golden Buck in Fleet Street & John Bowles & Son at the Black Horse in Cornhill. 1750|
|Dimensions||Image 281 x 420 mm Plate 290 x 435 mm|
Inscription Content: The title is in English and French. Contains a key to the buildings depicted in the print.
From John Donowells' Perspective Views of the Colleges and other Public Buildings of Oxford. Donowell's work was pioneering in that it established many of the Oxfordian compositions that would be replicated by other artists throughout the following centuries. These include the view of the Sheldonian Theatre from Broad Street, the curve of the High Street looking west from Queen's College, as well as Christ Church from the Carfax conduit. The success of Donowell's series is exemplified by their reworking by later artists, and their pirating for the foreign print trade, as can be seen in Daumont's reversed Vues D'optique.
John Donowell (fl. 1753 - 1786) was 18th century British architect and engraver, the eminent architect of Wycombe Park in Buckinghamshire. He is considered to be one of the principal architect-draughtsmen in the latter 18th century alongside the likes of Thomas Sandby and Thomas Malton.
His work was exhibited at the Royal Academy in the third quarter of the 18th century, during which time he also published his work as prints.
Condition: Split along the plate mark on the bottom and right hand side.